Barely in their 20s, New Jersey hardcore band Old Wounds turned heads with their 2013 debut From Where We Came is Where We’ll Rest, an album that burned with the intensity of classic ‘90s hardcore like Deadguy and contemporary crossover geniuses Converge. Two years layer, they’re set to release The Suffering Spirit, which broadens the band’s sound even more, employing more cleanly sung melodies and streamlined, gothic-tinged arrangements without compromising the music’s intensity one iota. Featuring maniacal vocal work by Kevin Ivaroni and an astonishing drum performance by Brandon Gallagher, this is easily one of the better hardcore releases of the year so far, and one we’re proud to premiere here at PopMatters.
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